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Tuesday, January 16, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 4:23 pm

The repertoire of various views available in PowerPoint ranges from some views that you use all the time to others that you may have never bothered to explore. The latter category probably includes Reading view. Reading view is similar to Slide Show view in some ways because, in both views, the slide is shown in full-screen mode. However, in Reading view, you also see the PowerPoint title bar and the Status Bar at the top and bottom of the interface respectively. Additionally, you can also view the Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018, posted by Geetesh at 2:57 pm

Sometimes, you want to know whether you are running a 32 or 64-bit version of PowerPoint or Office. Yes, if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows, then there’s no ambiguity in the fact that you have to be running a 32-bit version of Office. But if you are running a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, you may be running a 32 or a 64-bit version of Office. It is not uncommon for sysadmins and even users to run 32-bit Office within a 64-bit Windows environment. Why? That’s because there are add-ins for Office products that may not work in a 64-bit version of Office. Or you may have another reason. Luckily, it’s easy to identify 32-bit or 64-bit if you know where to look.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:03 pm

Are you stuck with a presentation that uses strange fonts? Or have you inherited slides where you need to change fonts globally? Fortunately, you don’t have to replace fonts, one at a time with each text box, placeholder, or shape. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can replace one font with another, in the entire presentation using PowerPoint.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:59 pm

PowerPoint Presenter View is a purpose-built view that accompanies Slide Show view. This view is beneficial in an environment that has at least two displays such as a laptop and a projector. The projector then shows the actual slides – that is what we commonly call Slide Show view. However, you see the Presenter view on the laptop — Figure below shows you Presenter view. Notice that you get to see much more than just the slide — rest assured that the audience viewing the projector output see only the slide!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:35 pm

Among the tabs within Backstage View, we have already explored some options such as Open, New, Save, etc. In this tutorial, we will explore the Print option used to print the current presentation in the form of selected slides, notes pages, handouts, etc. Follow these steps to learn more about Print options within Backstage view in PowerPoint.

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Monday, December 18, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 4:32 pm

Mike Power

Mike Power is the founder and Managing Director of Neuxpower, a software solutions company based in the UK. Neuxpower custom-builds both stand-alone applications and add-ins that enhance existing software such as Microsoft Office. Their commercially-available file optimization software NXPowerLite compresses PDF, Microsoft Office and JPEG files simply and effectively by up to 90%, making them easy to email as attachments.

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Monday, December 18, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 12:52 pm

If you have a bunch of commands that you use frequently, you may want to keep them more accessible within PowerPoint by customizing your Quick Access Toolbar — you populate the QAT with commands you use often. Over a period, these customizations may become a valuable asset you want to save or share.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 2:59 pm

Tom Howell

Tom Howell is a PowerPoint designer and the founder of Synapsis Creative, a boutique presentation design agency. Tom started his career as a designer for multiple disciplines, and specialized in PowerPoint six years ago and has never looked back. His clients come from an array of different industries; among them are Universal Pictures, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Goldman Sachs Investment Banking and the United Nations. Tom loves the challenges and successes that are achievable in PowerPoint and lives to make presentations stand out for all the right reasons.

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Monday, December 11, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 2:40 pm

If you want to really benefit from customizing your Ribbon in PowerPoint, then you’ll certainly want to add some commands that are not placed by default within any of the Ribbon tabs. Or maybe you want a particular command available on the Home tab of the Ribbon. Whatever your intent may be, you cannot place any commands within the existing groups that are built within PowerPoint. You first need to add a custom group within any of the tabs available in the Ribbon. Thereafter, you need to populate them with commands.

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Monday, December 11, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 1:08 pm

Text can be imported as an outline from an external file, or copied from another source. Of course, you can also type text straight inside PowerPoint. Whichever option you use, you will invariably have to format your text, especially if your text is sourced from multiple sources. This may happen because some text that you have copied or imported may be in small case, or even ALL CAPS. Indeed you need to make all your text to look the same! Rather than retyping the whole text again, you can use PowerPoint’s Change Case option to quickly change the case of selected text on your slide, as explained in the following tutorials.

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